Wiltshire’s first futsal league started on Saturday, October 5 with eight teams and more than 60 children playing at Five Rivers Leisure Centre in Salisbury.

The fast-paced nature of the sport meant spectators were treated to an impressive 66 goals in the four matches.

Founder of the new league, Stuart Garnett said: “there has been a significant amount of planning for this event and I’m delighted it went so well. All of the players loved the experience and can’t wait until the next game.”

The Wiltshire Youth Futsal League is an Under 14/15s league aiming to expand to other age groups. Students from Wiltshire College were on hand throughout the event, helping out with refereeing, scoring games and providing advice to coaches and players.

Wiltshire FA plan to expand similar leagues across the county to boost participation of this fast-growing sport as part of the FA’s recent six-year strategy to develop the game in England.

The next event takes place at Aldsworth School in Basingstoke on October 26, before returning to Five Rivers Leisure Centre in November.

Any team or player who would like to know more should get in touch with the league organisers via Twitter or Instagram on @futsalwiltshire.

 

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